Kogi: INEC releases date for fresh poll for Melaye vs Adeyemi

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has released the date for the fresh Kogi-West Senatorial election involving Senator Dino Melaye, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Senator Smart Adeyemi, of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

INEC, in a statement signed by its Chairman of its Information and Voter Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, said that the Senate election would hold simultaneously with the Kogi governorship election on 16 November, 2019.

INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja, said that another by-election for the Sabuwa constituency in Katsina State, had been slated for Nov. 30.

“The decision was taken at the Commission’s meeting, held on Monday,” the statement said.

He said that the fresh election was sequel to the nullification of the Kogi West Senatorial District election conducted on Feb. 23, by the Election Petitions Tribunal and its subsequent affirmation by the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal had upheld the ruling of the Election Petitions Tribunal which nullified the election of Sen. Dino Melaye (PDP), following a suit filed by Sen. Smart Adeyemi of the APC.

The Appeal Court, on Oct. 11, 2019, ordered INEC to conduct a fresh election within 90 days from the date of judgment with all those who participated in it as eligible candidates.

Okoye appealed to the candidates and political parties to conduct issue-based campaign.

Meanwhile, the running mate of governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello in the November 16 gubernatorial election, Edward Onoja has been sworn-in as the Deputy Governor of the State.

Bello had sent the name of Onoja, his former chief of staff, to the Assembly following the removal of his former deputy, Simon Achuba.

The swearing-in ceremony held at the Kogi Government House yesterday, Monday.

Earlier, the new deputy governor was screened by the lawmakers, who then asked him to take a bow, paving the way for his inauguration to replace the embattled former deputy governor of the State, Mr Simon Achuba.

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